Sketch of the week: 16-Doll from a dream

10 years, 8 months ago 34


I had a really vivid dream the other night, about looking down at a beautiful doll clad in bronze armor in my hands.

Even though my dolls are strung so tight that they never go limp, this doll just hung limp in my hands under the weight of this enourmous, intricate armor as it was sliding off her shoulders. Her long, jet black hair was spilling all across her bare shoulders and streamed like sand through my fingers as I held her, in thick, wavy locks. She was sleeping.

I woke up with this image burned into the back of my eyelids like a still frame. I might make it someday. When I have time to learn how to make armor for dolls. I think I’ve got my hands full with learning how to make bronze coffins for the moment. I know it’s possible. This amazing Canadian artist Jeff de Boer made armor suits for mice. And if it’s possible to make armor for a mouse, then making one for a 13″  tall, ball-jointed, porcelain doll has got to be a piece of cake, right? How hard can it be really?(Read: sarcasm)


Isn’t this amazing?                                                                                                                                                                                                      I should look into chasing and other metal shaping techniques. Off I go.


The deadline for mailing in the entries has been extended to March 13th.

34 Responses

  1. shiny says:


  2. silvana says:

    Wow Marina, certainly is amazing, and i know you can to make an amazing bronze armor for your dolls!

  3. Jayne Wourms says:

    That is so strange, I just, and I do mean just finished having a conversation with my son about what kind of skills you would need to create a suit of armor. Needless to say, he is in awe of the Joe deBoer link. I think we will be needing to make a trip to Calgary in the near future to see this work up close and personal. It is amazing. Good luck Marina I think you are heading down a wonderfully intriguing path!! Wouldn’t Noire make a grand Joan of Arc?

  4. kelly says:

    Make that doll, Marina! The cat and mouse suits of armor are amazing, thanks for the link.

    I can just picture a cat being put into a suit of armor and it laying on the floor yowling… mine won’t walk if you put a pice of string on their back.

  5. Eiko says:

    Wow, that sounds like such a cool concept. I would love to see that the armor someday.

    The Jeff De Boer link is really amazing. I’m in awe at how detailed his work is. Thanks for showing it to us.

  6. Oh marina I do hope you make this doll’s costume one day. Even if it was just parts of it, and the rest was thin leather.
    It sounds incredibly difficult.. but I know you to not be the sort to shy away from a challenge ;-)

    I was thinking the other day, some semblance of armour would be a nice “costume” for one of your male dolls.

  7. Hazel says:

    YAY! The entry deadline has been extended. Thank you, Marina! :]

    Oh, and I’m sure you could make doll armor if you were really determined to. After all the doll accessories you’ve done (the silver collar!), I’m positively convinced that you could make anything or solve any problem involving 13″ dolls. LOL

  8. diao chan says:

    I wish you luck with that ;)

    and yay for the deadline extension!! I needed it ^^

  9. Andres says:

    it would be awesome if you made mouse armor (or some sort of animal) and fashioned it in your dolls, like a doll with a helmet shaped like an eagle head, with bronze feathers!

  10. Orangey says:

    Oh lord, thank you for extending the deadline! Haha.

    And my goodness, your dream doll looks like an amazing concept, whenever you figure out how to construct armor, make her! That is an order, haha. No, but I mean she has such great potential, I can image her now… her in the armor would be breathtaking.

    I love how you’ve drawn her hair.

  11. Jayne says:

    I love the way you dream:)
    I would love even more to see my cat come up against a mouse dressed in that armour!

  12. Crystal says:

    My God! That is the coolest mouse I’ve ever seen! Why have I never heard of this artist? That is so fantastic! How well done!, I’m going to google him.
    Just shows it can be done but I don’t imagine it’s too easy.

  13. Andra says:

    That armor is the coolest thing a mouse could ever hope to possess.

  14. Kate says:

    Strange dream, I think an armored doll would be incredible. Maybe she was limp because she is more fragile than other dolls, so she needs the armor to protect her. Weird idea I know. I would love to see you make a armored doll.

  15. xuxu says:

    Oh, I so hope you follow through on the armour idea/dream…it could only be amazing with your wonderful gifts.

  16. Abigail says:

    There is a fantastic armorer named Michael Cook working out of the U.S. He has made doll armor before and would very likely be willing to collaborate or consult. His knowledge of historical and fantasy armor, especially its mechanics and construction, is unsurpassed. You can reach him via studiokensai(at)

    Good luck to you. I deeply admire your work.

  17. Maura says:

    That seems like a nice little project…just kidding: it’s an awsome idea not at all simple, but I am sure you’ll find a way to bring it to life.
    Thanks for the deadline extension!

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